Coconut Oil for Skin: Nature’s Perfect Moisturizer, Disinfectant and Healer
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Using coconut oil for skin is naturally healthy and absolutely safe. Unlike other skin oils, coconut oil is made up of fatty acids that are native to your skin.
Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA), the primary fatty acids in coconut oil but “absent” in other oils, are a normal component of your skin’s barrier layer. Simply put, MCFA-rich coconut oil serves as a natural replacement for lost oils in your skin.
Sebaceous glands secrete bodily oil called sebum which keeps your skin from drying and cracking. Like coconut oil, sebum contains MCFAs.
Mineral Oil vs.
Many dermatologists like using mineral oil because it is available as pure oil. Like coconut oil, it rarely causes skin reactions and doesn’t clog pores.
In a study comparing mineral oil to coconut oil as a therapeutic moisturizer, both oils significantly moisturized the skin. And neither oil caused irritation, allergy or other adverse reactions. But it gets more interesting…
The researchers also concluded that compared to mineral oil, coconut oil spreads easier and absorbs better into dry skin. Coconut oil for skin also creates a better feel during and after application, and produces an agreeable aroma.
Note that mineral oil is a hydrocarbon distilled from petroleum, the non-living thing used in making gasoline for your car. Coconut oil is an organic food from the tree of life. Your choice…
In another study comparing coconut oil to six widely used antibiotics including penicillin, the investigators discovered that coconut oil has a higher ability to clear infectious bacteria in laboratory dishes (in vitro).
The bacteria used such as strains of Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, just to name some, are found in common skin infections obtained in a hospital setting.
Monolaurin, a monoglyceride component of coconut oil, was able to achieve a high clearance of all six of the bacteria tested. The antibiotics were not as effective, some had high but others had low clearances. Monolaurin-rich coconut oil had high clearances across all bacteria.
Massage a generous but not dripping amount of coconut oil on your face, neck, arms, chest, buttocks, thighs, legs, feet, nails and cuticles. Did I miss something? The small structure of MCFAs enables them to enter your pores in no time to begin working their magic. First externally, then internally.
Strengthens and Smoothens
Coconut oil strengthens your skin’s connective tissues, making it smooth and supple. Wondering if your skin is functionally younger or older than your true age? Try this fast and easy skin elasticity test. You could be in for a surprise.
Treats and Prevents Dermatitis
Apply coconut oil topically to reduce symptoms associated with eczema, psoriasis and other forms of dermatitis. Make this a habit at least once a day to help form a chemical barrier on your skin that is inhospitable to germs.
Use coconut oil for skin to soothe muscle and joint aches and pains. Rub warm (not hot) oil deep into affected areas for best results. Do not use a microwave to warm the oil up. Heck, don’t use a microwave at all with any of your food.
When it comes to healing cuts, wounds, burns and other similar injuries, even insect bites, nothing compares to The King of Oils. Just try it and you’ll be amazed at how quickly coconut oil can repair the damage.
Use Externally and Internally
Remember, for optimal results, you should use the oil directly on your skin (externally) and consume it (internally), as well. Some people take eating the oil for granted. Don’t make that mistake.
The best time to use coconut oil for skin is after taking a bath. Ironically, it is after bathing that your skin is at its most vulnerable to infection due to loss of natural body oils stripped away by harsh soaps, etc.
Tell Us What Coconut Oil Did For Your Skin
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